The new $9.2 million Peel Health Hub was officially opened on Wednesday 12th December 2018. The state-of-the-art facility took more than three years of planning and consultation from a variety of stakeholders. With funds from state, federal and local government as well as Lotterywest, the Peel Health Foundation, Growing Our South Administration Fund and donations from the community, construction began on the facility in 2017. Services have already begun in the Peel Health Hub, offering a unique and collaborative model of care for youth in the Peel region.
GP down south has led the development of the vision and construction of this purpose-built regional facility to co-locate and support the integration of services for youth in the Peel region. The Peel Health Hub will be a one stop shop for the health needs of young people with access to services including Peel Youth Medical Service, headspace Mandurah, Youth Focus, Palmerston Association, Allambee Counselling and Jobs South West. It is hoped that the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) will also re-locate within the facility in early 2019. Service providers will work together to offer mental health, drug and alcohol services, family violence and sexual assault support, specialist services, vocational training and family support. Our Business Development Manager and the driving force behind the Hub, Eleanor Britton, said everyone involved should be proud of what they had achieved. “This wonderful facility will provide a one stop shop for the health needs of young people in the Peel region,” she said. “It will also provide coordinated services for adults, carers and their families.” Our CEO, Amanda Poller, said her team were looking forward to welcoming their first clients in the coming weeks. “There has been so much support for this project from the grassroots up,” she said. “People have worked tirelessly to make it a reality. “It takes a village to raise a child but it has taken a whole community to raise the Peel Health Hub. “The Peel community now has a magnificent asset and completion of this wonderful facility is most definitely cause for celebration. “Special thanks to our Youth Reference Group who have provided their input and guided us in the development of the facility and model of care.”
Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams said there was still a great need for the facility in the Peel region. “Too many people are struggling with their mental health, too many people are at risk of being left behind,” he said. “This project is an example of our community at its very best.” Canning MP Andrew Hastie said the opening was a celebration of the result of three years of hard work. “In 2015 I met with GP Down South to discuss the health challenges faced by young people in the Peel region,” he said. “Like many, I was deeply concerned about the roadblocks preventing young people from accessing local health services. In particular, I worried about those whose lives were damaged by drug abuse. “GP Down South presented a proposal for a youth health facility focused on prevention and early intervention. “Unlike other models, the PYMS Health Hub would co-locate mental and physical health services under one roof, ensuring young people aged 12-25 could get the help they needed, all in one spot. “With the help of the community I lobbied for funding to make this vision a reality. “As part of that process, I led a delegation of young people from Mandurah in April 2016 to meet with the Prime Minster to discuss the needs of our region. “Our hard work paid off.” Mandurah MP David Templeman congratulated everyone on creating a facility unlike any other in Australia. “The establishment and opening of the Peel Health Hub is a credit to our total community which came together to ensure this project was delivered,” he said. “It is important to remember that this facility is a co-located regional centre which will deliver tremendous services and support to the people of our region. “It is a great example of what can be achieved when the community and government work together.”
GP down south is an exemplary not-for-profit community organisation. We have been providing health and wellbeing services in the Peel regions and the South West of WA since 1994.